Foundation of the company in Lathen, Business: trading of poles and pit prop for industrial use.
Building of a company sawmill.
After the death of his father, Josef Schmees moves the company to Fresenburg, which is a suitable location for a larger sawmill and an impregnating plant.
The son Bernd takes over the company’s management and starts building noise barriers and wooden bridges in 1988. He dies unexpectedly in 1993 – at the age of only 51.
At the age of only 22, Josef Schmees succeeds him and transforms the company into a specialized enterprise for wooden construction and civil engineering; three years later the sawmill is shut down. Josef Schmees puts the focus directly on the construction of wooden bridges and buildings with timber frame design.
Construction of a 100m long production shop.
Schmees GmbH & Co. KG celebrates their 100th anniversary.
Foundation of Schmees & Lühn GmbH. Alfred Lühn becomes managing partner; together with him, Josef Schmees leads the company to the top of the wood and steel engineering sector
Foundation of a subsidiary in Poland
Foundation of a subsidiary in the Netherlands.
Building of a 1400 m² timber framing shop with the latest machine and crane technology.
Purchase of steel- and metalwork company Funke Wessels GmbH in Lathen, change of name to Schmees & Lühn GmbH & Co. KG.
76 colleagues with various specialities are realising engineering structures all over Europe.

Even our roots are made of wood.

High-grade construction materials and powerful technology can be bought. Experience can’t. Ours is based on more than 100 years of continuous improvement. This principle results in the optimization of processes, perfect execution and absolute timeliness. This is how you can still recognize the handwriting of the company’s founder Johann Bernhard Schmees in each of our projects.